***Sadly this Restaurant is Closed***
Mexican restaurants are all the craze in Montreal right now! They’re popping up everywhere so when you find a Mexican restaurant that stands out from the rest you tell the world about it. That’s how we felt after eating at Socialito! Diva #1 and Peaches were in the mood for a bite to eat and they had heard tidings about the little gem that had opened up in the Plateau.
The décor is gorgeous, eclectic and not your typical Mexican taqueria. We hesitate calling this restaurant a taqueria at all because they have some delicious main dishes with an Asian flair or even some of that Canadian charm that the trendiest restaurants like to add a dash of in their cuisine. Think pork belly, short ribs, etc!
With a full bar and some delicious looking signature cocktails that include ingredients like kaffi syrup, absinthe, pineapple foam, sake and other interesting ingredients. We opted for a pitcher of sangria and it was filled with sea buckthorn for a delicious sour taste that is not usually found in sangria. Mint and lime added freshness to this anything-but-typical sangria!
When we had walked in we saw that one of the tables had ordered the queso fundido which was a cheese fondue in a cast iron pan with plenty of chorizo sausage taken out of its casing. It looked like a bite bite of heaven so we had to order it. Words do not describe how much we loved this appetizer! Served with a light tomato salsa and plenty of soft tortillas, we were soon scraping the bottom of the pan and wondering if we should order more.
They had plenty of tacos to choose but our waitress recommended the Al Pastor taco and the steak taco. The Al Pastor taco is the true test of Mexican cuisine, it is the Margherita pizza of Italian pizzas, if they can perfect this classic, then everything else will follow. The marinated pork was tender and full of flavour and the grilled pineapple added the right amount of sweetness, with a hint of coriander for freshness.
There is 1 taco per order, perfect for getting a little messy and sharing. We always opt for variety so we would rather fewer tacos per order so that we can try different things, which we did! The steak taco was full of steak strips cooked to a perfect medium with plenty of crispy fried onions for a different texture. A salsa verde tied everything together very nicely!
The Divas have an ongoing love affair with tuna tartare, and Socialito created a tuna tartare on a tostada for that Mexican feel. Tuna tartare was tossed with avocado and sesame seeds and piled high on a crispy tostada. Red cabbage added more crunch and a nice finishing to this edgy and delicious Mexican inspired taco-like dish. Definitely our favourite of the night, we’ll be back for two more of these in no time!
The non-taco dishes looked divine so we could not skip out on trying at least one! Pork belly with udon noodles for that Asian feel inspired us but our waitress urged us to order the beef short ribs so we did. OMG WOW! The meat simply fell off the bone and melted in your mouth – we haven’t had beef short ribs like this in a long time. Served with a salad and yucca fries, we would return and order this dish alone! Not at all what you would expect from your typical Mexican restaurant.
Churros are one of those desserts that we want to love but we often find disappointing and tasteless. This is not the case at Socialito where the churros were perfectly crispy on the outside and nice and doughy on the inside. They didn’t taste like stale oil, and they were topped with grilled pineapple and a caramel sauce that we licked off our fingers in an unladylike manner… we just didn’t want to waste any!
With three types of hot sauces to choose from, all ranging from mild to f***ing spicy, Socialito really thought of everything except guacamole! Sorry guac lovers, this Mexican restaurant does not serve guacamole, at first this was depressing but once you try everything else you won’t even miss it! Socialito in the midst of Montreal’s Mexican craze, you managed to stand out, and we’ll be back for more.
Our Rating: Always on Thursdays
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